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Jagdhausalmen Alpine Pastures, Defereggen, East Tirol, Austria, Europe
Sebastian Höhn

Seeing Tirol through the eyes of a visitor - and through the lens of his camera - Berlin journalist and photographer Sebastian Höhn answers the call of the mountains. Hiking through the high country makes him feel like he is on top of the world. And, it’s a great way to get a break from the busy bustle of the city.

Taking a hiatus from city life, enjoying the spirit of the mountains.
Updated on 11.04.2022 in People from Sebastian Höhn
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Fire, water, cattle and wood. Essentially, this is all Sarah Kofler, Janis Pönisch and their two children need each summer, when they leave their work and city life in the valley to spend two months on an ‘Alm’ high in the Austrian Alps. Tending 34 cattle in a world that you thought was long gone at the heart of Hohe Tauern National Park.
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The time on the farm is helping Michael to figure out his future career path.
Updated on 02.07.2020 in Arts & Culture from Sebastian Höhn
8 min reading time
When in July and August it is time to mow the Alpine pastures, many farmers’ families in Tirol prepare themselves for the busiest weeks of the year. Some of them rely increasingly on volunteers to help them. Michael Schüller is one of these volunteers. He quit his job as a controller to help the mountain farmers with the hay harvest – and to rearrange his own life.
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Snowshoeing in Schmirntal Valley is a wonderful way to explore the unspoiled backcountry.
When a fresh batch of snow falls to the ground, the world tends to quiet down. The Mountaineering Village of Schmirn is a place that receives huge amounts of snow each winter. However, this is as well a place that is far away from the madding crowd and from the noise of civilization. For one week, my wife and I explored this remote valley in the Tux Alps on snowshoes—and for the first time, we had opted for a car-free vacation in the mountains. Check out our backpacker’s report.
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Updated on 13.06.2016 in People from Sebastian Höhn
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Comfrey Ointment, Spirit of Wild Thyme, and Birch Leaf Tea: While some people are finally starting to discover the amazing powers in healing herbs, others have been using herbs to heal for hundreds of years, handed down from generation to generation. Elisabeth Maaß, a farmer’s wife from Ried in Tirol’s Upper Inntal Valley, is one of them. She has extensive herbal knowledge—and she loves to share her wisdom.
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Find out what it’s really like to be part of a working farm. Join the farmer family in morning chores such as milking and feeding the animals. East Tirol’s scenic Virgental Valley offers the chance to assist the mountain farmers with their daily work: You can spend three days as a Farmer-in-Training and will receive a certificate at the end of your stay.
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Lake Achensee is the largest and most well-known body of water in Tirol, but the region is home to many more lakes where visitors can try sailing, water-skiing, diving and other watersports – or simply cool off with a swim on a hot summer's day. Here are five of our favourite mountain lakes in Tirol.
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